Non-Surgical Facelifts | Look Lovely London

Non-Surgical Facelift

It’s a common misconception that we need to take an ‘all or nothing’ approach to ageing. While facelifts certainly have their place in the world of cosmetic procedures, there are many more alternative treatments that stand between doing nothing at all and going ‘under the knife’.

Non-surgical facelifts are just as they sound: aesthetic treatments that offer tangible results without requiring you to see a plastic surgeon, undergo anaesthesia, and deal with weeks of post-operative healing.

These treatments promise fast yet long-lasting and natural-looking results that specifically target some of the most common signs of ageing, including loose and sagging skin, loss of contour and volume, a more textured appearance, and lost collagen.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Facelifts: Why Choose a Non-Surgical Alternative?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking surgery. In some instances, it does represent the best choice for the patient, offering more drastic results that may be beyond the scope of a non-surgical treatment.

But, for so many patients, a surgical procedure represents an unnecessary extreme – one that risks unnatural results, although this does depend on the skill and experience of the plastic surgeon.

Avoiding surgery in favour of a non-surgical facelift brings benefits like

  • Avoiding anaesthesia and the risks associated with all surgical procedures
  • Shorter treatment times – many of our patients visit us on their lunch breaks, or during a day out in the city.
  • Reduced risk of infection thanks to less invasive methods
  • Shorter healing times
  • Lower cost
  • Natural results
  • No scarring
  • Versatility – since these treatments yield semi-permanent or temporary results, they are far better suited to patients who would rather take a more measured approach to aesthetic enhancements
  • Treatment options that work with your body – for instance, by boosting collagen production – rather than against it

Why Are There So Many Non-Surgical Facelifts Options?

In short, because there are so many different patients out there!

Anti-ageing and facial rejuvenation represent a very exciting discipline. Each year, experts from around the world pioneer new treatments that really target specific areas of concern, yielding stronger outcomes while minimising invasiveness and recovery. This is fantastic for ensuring there is always a range of treatment options, rather than attempting to achieve natural results with a ‘one size fits all’ set of treatments.

Of course, this can mean that it’s a little daunting trying to work out which treatment – or combination of treatments – is right for you.

At Look Lovely London, our passion lies in creating the best possible treatment plan for every patient – one that is tailored to their goals and expectations, their concerns, and their long-term plans. We are always happy to set up a consultation and talk through the list of options until you’re happy.

That said, it always helps to do a little research ahead of time. Below, you can find out more about some of our most popular non-surgical facelift treatments.

The Morpheus 8

What it Targets: Any part of the body that is suffering from reduced collagen production, which leads to a loss of plumpness and a looser, less elastic appearance. The face, tummy, thighs, and buttocks represent the most common treatment areas. Click here to find out more about Morpheus 8.

How it works: This is what’s known as a ‘fractional skin treatment’, which uses radiofrequency microneedling to target specific areas of concern. It’s less invasive than a laser treatment.

The Results: Improved skin texture and reduced wrinkles. This treatment is great for targeting crow’s feet and jowls, but also wider-spread concerns like cellulite and stretchmarks on larger areas of the body.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • The treatment takes a little over an hour, as we will need to numb the treatment area. You can expect to be in and out in less than 90 minutes. 
  • Post-treatment, you should avoid putting any products on or around the treatment area for 48 hours. After that, you can go back to normal.
  • We generally recommend 3 courses of treatment, with results lasting between 1 and 3 years depending on the scope of the treatment plan, where we’re starting from, and your age.

Dermal Fillers

What it Targets: Parts of the face that are beginning to appear hollow, inelastic, or wrinkled – particularly around the eyes and mouth. This is due to a loss of our body’s natural collagen stores. Tear troughs, lost definition along the jawline, structural defects along the bridge of the nose, and deeper nasolabial folds (smile lines) are just some of the areas dermal fillers can treat.

Our full guide to dermal fillers is available here.

How it Works: Dermal filler, when injected into targeted areas, leads to a fresh build-up of moisture that re-pumps the skin, leading to a more youthful look.

The Results: You’ll see a change in your appearance straightaway – better skin texture, re-plumped cheeks and tear troughs, and better contouring depending on where the filler has been injected.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • The treatment takes about 40 minutes, which is why so many of our patients pop in during their lunch breaks.
  • You might see some bruising in the days that follow your treatment, but these will fade within a week to 10 days.
  • We recommend you return for additional treatment within a year to 18 months in order to maintain the best possible results.

HarmonyCa

What it Treats: Wrinkles, fine lines, lost volume, and skin inelasticity in the face.

How it Works: By combining filler with calcium hydroxyapatite, the HarmonyCa treatment offers the best of both worlds: a firmer, plumper appearance and reduced wrinkles, along with increased collagen production.

We’ve got a full guide to HarmonyCa if you’re interested to learn more.

The Results: A longer-lasting and very natural-looking rejuvenation of the face and jowls. HarmonyCa replaces lost volume by supporting your skin’s in-built ability to stay plump and firm.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • Treatment is very quick and can take as little as 30 minutes.
  • You may feel a little tender in the treatment areas a few hours after leaving the clinic, but there’s no downtime, and any pain should subside within 24-48 hours.
  • Results will last around 18 months, with gradual improvement over the first 3 months.

HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound)

What it Targets: Parts of the face, chin, and neckline that have lost definition and require re-sculpting in order to bring out your natural beauty. If you feel as though your bone structure is starting to disappear beneath sagging skin and pockets of fat, this is a great treatment option to consider.

Find out more about HIFU treatments.

How it Works: These ultrasounds encourage the skin to do its own job, just more effectively! It targets three subdermal layers of skin to produce more collagen without introducing any fillers or synthetic collagen into the body. This is what leads to such natural-looking results.

The Results: It’s you, just revitalised. If you’ve noticed a difference in your appearance over the last few years, then the main culprit is your body’s reduced collagen production. By giving that process a boost, you’ll start to see (and feel) yourself again.

Treatment Timeline

  • HIFU takes less than an hour – around 45 minutes for most patients.
  • Recovery is minimal, with no downtime.
  • Results will last up to 18 months, with gradual improvement over those first 3 or 4 months post-treatment.

No Needle Facelift

What it Targets: Reduced collagen production and loose skin, along with redness, blemishes, and puffiness. This treatment approaches the signs of ageing and stress from multiple angles at once.

Read our guide to no needle facelifts.

How it Works: The no needle facelift combines four separate treatments: HIFU, Forma (more on that below), LED Light Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage. HIFU and Forma target lost collagen production, while LED Light Therapy works wonders for the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, redness, and acne, and draining the lymphatic system targets that puffy, tired appearance that lingers even after a good night’s rest.

The Results: This treatment targets the full list of concerns, from the concrete signs of ageing like wrinkles and sagging, to the more superficial (yet stubborn) signs like poor skin texture and puffiness.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • The treatment itself only requires an hour of your time.
  • There is no downtime, and many patients choose to get the treatment within a day or two of a big event thanks to the instant results it offers.
  • Results last somewhere between 6 – 9 months before further treatments are required.

Forma

What it Targets: Any part of the body that stands to benefit from lifting and contouring, from the face to the arms, and parts of the body that exercise alone just can’t target. It’s also effective for concerns like hyperpigmentation and textured skin.

Click herefor more information on Forma.

How it Works: With radio frequencies, we can target those subdermal layers – not just to stimulate natural collagen production, but also to cause a contraction of the underlying tissue.

The Results: Consistent, even results in the treatment area. Skin appears firmer and tighter, more evenly toned and textured – and, in the face, that tired, lethargic appearance that can be so hard to shift, even with a good diet and exercise plan, is replaced by a more youthful glow.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • The treatment itself takes as little as 30 minutes, although initial appointments will take slightly longer as we walk you through your personal treatment plan.
  • There is no downtime following this treatment – you may notice some redness or swelling for 24-48 hours post-treatment, but many patients experience no after-effects at all.
  • Results can last for 1-2 years following a course of treatment.

Sculptra

What it Targets: Facial skin that has lost – or is beginning to lose – its structural integrity. Fine lines, lost volume, loose skin and jowling, provided it’s not too advanced.

Take a look at our Sculptra guide.

How it Works: By injecting Poly-L-Lactic Acid into the skin. While it may sound very scientific, this polymer is produced naturally by the body but, as our metabolic processes slow with age, our skin starts to show signs of slowed production. An injection of PLLA heals those subdermal layers and boosts collagen production as a result.

The Results: Subtle and natural, but significant enough for you to notice a real difference in the mirror. This treatment is all about bringing out your natural beauty instead of working against it with extreme measures. For that reason alone, it’s a great option if you’re new to the world of facial rejuvenation.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • The treatment itself takes around 45 minutes.
  • Recovery can take up to 10 days in some cases, but this will only present as mild bruising.
  • Results can last more than two years, with 86% of patients reporting continued effects after 25 months. For beginners, we’d recommend 2 or 3 rounds of treatment in those first few months just to create a strong foundation for longer-lasting results.

Non-Surgical Facelift FAQs

What is the most popular alternative to facelift surgery? 

Dermal fillers are seeing a huge surge in popularity all over the world. In 2019, around 4.3 million treatments involved dermal fillers, which equates to just over 30% of all non-surgical treatments.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Get Anti-Ageing Treatments? 

There’s absolutely no age requirement for adults seeking treatment – and, for some treatments, starting sooner rather than later can be a big benefit when it comes to laying the right foundations for future treatments. The signs of ageing begin to take hold (albeit subtly) when we hit our mid-twenties, and more patients are seeking to start addressing their areas of concern earlier than you might think.

What are the risks?

Non invasive face lift treatments pose very few risks compared with surgical alternatives. While we will make sure you are aware of any risks specific to your treatment plan, cosmetic treatments carry a low risk of infection in the injection site. This risk is minimised when the clinic follows high standards for health and safety and ensures proper training in all techniques – something we take very seriously here at Look Lovely London.

How Much is a Non Surgical Facelift? 

You can see our full price list here, although it’s important to keep in mind that all prices depend on the scope of your treatment plan, and your desired results. For any specific requests about pricing and personalised treatment plan, feel free to get in touch with the team on 020 3900 2756 or email us.

Why everyone loves Morpheus8

Morpheus8 – why do we love it and why is everyone talking about it!

 

The reasons we love this treatment are pretty simple.

Morpheus8 is an amazing treatment for face and body that helps treat the following concerns:

• Acne + acne scarring

• Saggy and loose skin (especially in the jowling area)

• Enlarged pores

• Fine lines + wrinkles

• Poor skin texture

• Uneven skin tone

 

What makes Morpheus8 so special?

It is the dream team combination of radiofrequency energy for skin tightening and microneedling for collagen stimulation that has made this treatment a firm favourite of the clinic.

 

What results have we seen in the last year?

The improvements in our patient’s skin after a course of Morpheus8 treatments has been mind blowing! To have a treatment that not only tightens the skin and contours the lower face, but also improves the condition and feel of the skin is incredible. It is the only treatment in the clinic that every single member of the team has had – and this is because it  really does cater to pretty much all concerns and needs. It is the best anti ageing treatment out there!

 

Morpheus8, HIFU Non Surgical Facelift, Dermal filler, Anti Wrinkle Injections –  what do I actually need?

Every patient is individual and needs a treatment plan that addresses their personal concerns and needs. We love that with Morpheus8 you can combine it with injectable treatments (2 weeks after your Morpheus8 treatment) We particularly love that our patients who are not wanting or ready to go down the injectable route just yet – Morpheus8 gives them natural, long lasting results.

It can be confusing with so many clinics and treatments out there all promising that you can turn the clock back 30 years. Firstly, there is no need for this to be the goal – and is totally unrealistic! We specialise in natural results that make you look like a refreshed version of yourself. You will always still look like you!  Your consultation is so important when choosing to have any treatment. This will ensure you feel comfortable, and have the opportunity to ask all the questions you can think of. This ensures you have the best treatment plan and realistic expectations about the treatment you are having. We’ve seen this successful patient journey so many times, and it fills us with so much joy and happiness when we see how much a treatment can change someone’s life and how they feel about themselves.

 

Would we recommend Morpheus8?

Of course! We love Morpheus8. As a clinic we only bring in treatments that we truly believe work. Whether your concern is jowling, wanting a snatched jawline, improving skin snap back, remodelling your skin texture, or just simply having a non surgical and nin injectable anti ageing treatment – Morpheus8 can target them all in one 45 minute appointment. What more do you need?

 

Ready to book? Simply give us a call on 020 3900 2756, or book your Morpheus consultation and treatment online.

 

Not sure if this is the right treatment for you? If you would like a personalised treatment plan or advice, then please don’t hesitate to email us some clear pictures of the area you are looking to treat, and we will happily review for you.

Non Surgical Facelift (HIFU)

HIFU: the ultimate non-surgical face lift!

The quest for a way to look more youthful is never ending, one of the concerns I hear about the most is definitely regarding the lower face.  Sagging of the skin, the drooping of jowls, loss of definition in the jawline and cheekbones – to name but a few.  It can be very overwhelming (and sudden!) and feel like a surgical facelift is the only solution.

Fortunately, being part of such a tech savvy generation there are now many ways to reverse ageing, in a much more accessible, non-invasive and safer way than your standard surgical procedure.

What is HIFU & how does it work?

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU, is a revolutionary non-invasive treatment that is quickly becoming one o the most popular options for those looking to improve their appearance and achieve a more youthful look. HIFU uses high-frequency sound waves to heat and cause trauma in a specific area of the face or body, making it a safe and effective option for addressing a variety of skin concerns.

One of the key benefits of HIFU is that it is a non-invasive procedure, meaning that there are no incisions or anaesthesia required. This makes it an ideal option for those who want to improve their appearance without the risks and downtime associated with surgical procedures. Additionally, HIFU is a quick and easy treatment that can be completed in a single session, with minimal recovery time required.

Another benefit of HIFU is that the results can be long-lasting, with many people seeing visible improvement for several months or even years. It is an excellent alternative for those who are not ready for more invasive procedures such as a surgical facelift and want to maintain the result for a longer time.

Overall, HIFU is a safe and effective treatment that can help you achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance without the risks and downtime associated with surgical procedures.

What to expect on the day of your HIFU treatment?

  1. Consultation: Before the treatment, you will have a consultation with one of our skilled practitioners to discuss your concerns and goals, and to ensure that HIFU is the right treatment option for you. They will also give you an idea of what to expect during and after the procedure.
  2. Preparing the skin: Your skin will be cleaned and prepared before the procedure. This will include the application of an ultrasound gel to the target areas to facilitate the transmission of ultrasonic energy.  Your practitioner will draw a map and numbers on your face of where and how deep the treatment will go depending on your own personal anatomy.
  3. The treatment: The HIFU machine is placed on the skin, a button Is pressed, making a slight zapping sound, you may feel a little heat during this where the machine is delivering focused ultrasonic energy to the specific area of the skin, where the tightening and rejuvenation is happening.
  4. This process is repeated as necessary based on your desired results and skin condition. Once the treatment is complete your skin with be cleansed of any excess gel, aftercare will then be applied to protect and moisturise the skin.
  5. The final step: Follow up with your practitioner for evaluation of the results, including any necessary maintenance treatments. This is usually 3 months post treatment.

How will HIFU help you and who is a suitable candidate?

HIFU is suitable for anyone looking for a non-invasive way to improve the appearance of ageing skin, including fine lines and wrinkles, without undergoing surgery. It is often recommended for people with mild to moderate skin laxity who want to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance. You can expect HIFU to help with anything from improving skin texture, firmness, facial contouring, enhancing skin elasticity, and help to reduce any fine lines. It is important to note that results will vary from person to person and may depend on factors such as skin type, the extent of skin damage and the number of treatments received.

What is the downtime and after care of HIFU?

The downtime of HIFU can vary slightly depending on the person, unlike a surgical facelift taking months to heal and a long list of aftercare to follow, HIFU can range from a few hours to a few days. Some common side effects include redness, slight swelling and mild discomfort in the treated area, but these usually resolve quickly. Patients are able to resume normal activities soon after the procedure but are advised to avoid strenuous activities and excessive heat exposure for a few days. It is important to follow the aftercare provided by the medical provider to minimize downtime and optimise results.

Hifu or Ultherapy?

Ultherapy and HIFU are essentially the same treatment, as they are both forms of focused ultrasound. Ultherapy however is the older technology, and we use the Ultraformer 3 which is the more modern device. Although Ultherapy does have ultrasound incorporated, this is essentially the only difference, and when seeing a skilled practitioner is not necessary. Our practitioners have  actually worked with both devices, and we chose Hifu as the sessions were less painful/uncomfortable and the treatment appointments took much less time.

Not sure if this is the right treatment for you? If you would like a personalised treatment plan or advice, then please don’t hesitate to email us some clear pictures of the area you are looking to treat, and we will happily review for you. You can also book a free consultation online

Ready to book? Simply give us a call on 020 3900 2756, or book your Non Surgical facelift treatment online 

Morpheus8 made me look younger!

My Morpheus 8 experience at Look Lovely London

Wow- What a treatment! I feel like my face has literally morphed back to how I looked 5 years ago!

So let me talk you through my experience of the Morpheus 8 at Look Lovely London. When I first read the press releases about this new treatment, I dismissed it as hype, and I assumed the results were exaggerated. High-profile people like Amanda Holden, Faye Tozer and Kim Kardashian have had this treatment and swear by it and then Judy Murray seemed to have a face transformation after three sessions. Although this treatment sounds like a super-duper vibrator (you have to laugh at the name!), I still had hope if it could change Judy’s leathery skin appearance then it could certainly help me!

So, when I looked in the mirror what did I see? Crepey skin, sagging around the jaw line and loose skin around the neck. In my early 50’s, and after many holidays with a lack of sunscreen (I know- my bad!), I knew I needed a lift and some improvement in the quality and texture of my skin. I wanted to avoid needles- so toxins like anti-wrinkle or man-made filer substances – and I also wanted natural and visible results.

With the wish to avoid more invasive surgery down-the-line I plucked up the courage, picked up the phone and made my booking at Look Lovely London. I was nervous on arrival as I heard it was a device with 24 needles which would be stamped across my face.  However, on walking through the door I was warmly greeted by Katrina at front desk, given a cup of tea and then had my face generously lathered with a numbing cream. A cling film mask was them placed over my face and I was ready to relax and allow the numbing magic to work.

Prior to the treatment it was explained to me the Morpheus 8 is a revolutionary skin resurfacer as well as tightener. The results are achieved by a head that is attached to a machine that would insert fine needles, within a millisecond, into my skin as well as delivering a warm thermal energy. So, what does this do? The small square stamps that move across the face creates  microtrauma to differing layers of the skin, which in turn stimulates your own body to start the repair process to produce more collagen. Collagen is essential in the skin as it provides structure, elasticity and ‘snap-back’ of the skin. The skin tightens and lifts reducing wrinkles and improving in texture. The reason our faces can ‘collapse’ in our 50’s is because we lose 1 % of collagen a year. So, our faces are well and truly shifting south by then! The Morpheus after three treatments can reverses this.

The other benefit of the Morpheus 8, which very few other t treatments offer is fat reduction and recontouring. I have developed the dreaded fatty pouch under my chin and a bit of wobble around the sides of my face (horrible jowls), so I was looking forward to sharpening my jaw line and shifting the stubborn pocket of fat. The device is powerful enough to offer this type of tightening so for me as soon as I lay on the couch ready to start it was a no-brainer. Melissa, my favourite therapist carried out the treatment and it only took 25 minutes!

She started with the fat contouring first as she said this was a deeper more penetrating procedure initially. I braced myself as she began with a handle that looked like a gun, but to my relief could hardly feel the nozzle delivering its magic. I won’t lie- there were a few stingy shots but in general it was very comfortable.  Melissa talked me through what was going on during the procedure and she moved quickly across my face. There was no lingering in any one area. She pulled on my lose skin areas and then delivered the energy. I felt a tightening straight away. Once she had treated the fatty areas with contouring, she them moved over the whole area of my face with a lighter treatment.  I was told this ‘resurfaces’ my skin and to combat those pesky wrinkles around my cheeks and all the way up to my temples. Again, the shots where surprisingly comfortable. As I struggle with heavy upper eye lids called ‘hooding’ she offered me an add-on targeted eye treatment to lift and tighten the upper brow area, which I jumped at the chance to have. I had toyed with the idea of a blepharoplasty in the past, but I was told the Morpheus 8 was the next best thing if I wanted to avoid the knife.

So, 25 minutes later I was hopping off the couch with a rosy face and only one small bruise around my left eye. My skin felt like I have been slapped or had sun burn but this cleared within 45 minutes. The team gave me a calming cleanser to use at home included in the package and my only struggle was not being allowed to wear makeup for 48-72 hours. This is because the microneedle puncture sites need time to heal over. That didn’t stop me heading out for a glass of wine to celebrate my new treatment journey I had embarked on.

For the first few days my skin felt dry, tight, and slightly rough but there was no real down-time. I slapped on tons of nice moisturising cream and eagerly awaited the results. Within 10 days my skin felt baby-smooth, tighter and I saw improvements with my jaw line and lifting of the jowls. Once I feel my new silky-smooth skin, I was on the phone to the clinic booking in my next treatment. I’ve already recommended the Morpheus at Look Lovely London to three of my friends. One of my girlfriends who rushed in after me had bad acne scarring, and she’s seen a big improvement due to the resurfacing.

So overall- 10/10 for a non-invasive treatment and the results are continuing to evolve as it can take up to 4 months for the collagen to fully form.  I’m looking and feeling better each month and the service, treatment and follow-up with Look Lovey London has been fabulous!

Learn more about Morpheus8 here

Interested in Morpheus8 or not sure about your suitability? Call us 020 3900 2756 or email us some pictures of your face to [email protected]

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